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ROARS Net Awards 2024: Details from ROARS Chairman Peter Gavin: 31st March 2024

“It is with pleasure that I am able to announce the members who have attended the Thursday Net for 20 or more times this year from April 2023 to March 2024.

Mike M6MPC is obviously top of the list as our net controller. Many thanks for your efforts during the year Mike it is very much appreciated by all of us.

Four additional members have made the list this year despite variable conditions.

Top of the participants again and the clear leader who joined every Net this year!

Tim Strickland/ G4EOA with 48 Nets

Tim G4EOA                           48

Ken GW3VVL                        39

Peter M0URL                        37

Robin G3OGP                       33

Ian G4KJD                             33

Tom EI3ER                               27

Bill G0ELZ                                 25

John MW0JWW                       23

Mike G3GMS                            22

Mike EI3KO                               22

Colin MW0UTT                         20 

Thanks to everyone who joined the Nets during the year.

Participation Certificates will be presented at the AGM and mailed to those not present.

Main ROARS Net on Thursdays

This takes place every Thursday night at 19.00 local on 3507kHz or 7017 Khz and is run by our Web Meister Mike Carter M6MPC. Each person that calls in will be given a QRY number. The net starts with Tintwhistle weather followed by a passage from the Maritime Union Magazine in Dutch and English plus a block of mixed 5-digit code groups. Then Mike sets the members three questions appertaining to our time at sea. Each member is then called in turn to give their weather, answers to the questions and any other pertinent information. If conditions on 3507kHz/7017Khz for the weekly Thursday 19.00 net are very poor such as long skip where no UK stations are readable then Mike M6MPC will revert to Top Band 1827kHz and call there. Check on WhatsApp Group before sked for QRG changes

ROARS Rag Chew Sked on Tuesdays

The following sked is to encourage more members to go on the air for a leisurely CW chat as we used to do during a slack watch at sea. This will provide an on-air meeting place and time to connect with colleagues/friends. Please note that this is not really a Net as there will be no Net Controller. As a matter of courtesy, QSOs should proceed at the speed of the slower operator. Once a QSO is established please QSY Up or down to make room for others to make a call.

SKED DETAIL Tuesdays 1000 – 1100 Local time. Call Freqs: 3538/3565 kHz or 7017 kHz. Call format: CQ ROA DE MYCALL. Exchange: RST + Op Name + QSY +/- kHz. Call Speed: What you are comfortable with. (Speed of slower Operator) Topics: Your choice of Topic. So, Lads roll up your sleeves, dust down those keys and light up the airwaves with your CW QSOs!

Peter/M0URL

Mike/M6MPC

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Net report for Thursday 6th June from Mike Carter

Most of us had good conditions except Mike up in GCC land.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
GW3VVL     Ken  fm Crew green Wales
 
G0ELZ        Bill fm Liverpool
 
M0URL       Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G4EOA       Tim fm Hastings
 
EI3KO         Mike fm Limerick
 
EI3ER         Tom fm Galway
 
G3GMS       Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent joke fm Over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO TFA bnd OCJ where from where to?              (Reykjavik bnd Torshavn
Q2 – What canal is situated on Greek Mainland?                         (Corinth Canal)
Q3 – Little Krakatoa Volcano is in which Indonesian Strait?         (Sunda Strait)
 
Some good answers tonight as memories pretty good.

Net report for Thursday 30 May from Mike Carter

Very good signals tonight with only slight QRM from some pratt not listening first, was told to QSY and he or she did!
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
GW3VVL        Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
M0URL           Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
 
MW0UTT       Colin fm Llanfair
 
EI3KO            Mike fm Limerick
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ZLW bnd HSA where from, where to?                (Wellington to Bangkok)
Q2 – What is the main difference between Panama Canal and Suez Canal?       (Suez Canal has no locks)
Q3 – Off what north island of Japan, are the Kuril Islands?          (Hokkaido)
 
Some good answers tonight as questions pretty easy.

Net report for Thursday 23 May from Mike Carter

Pretty good signals all round tonight except for some QSB. No QRM either which makes a nice change as on 7016.50 kc/s.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G0ELZ          Bill fm Liverpool
 
G4EOA         Tim fm Hastings
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
Ei3ER            Tom fm Galway
 
EI3KO            Mike fm Limerick
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VPS bnd XSG where from, where to?                      (HongKong to Shanghai)
Q2 – Years ago, there was a terrible oil spillage in Alaskan waters. What tanker was responsible?     (Exxon Valdez)
Q3 – Sailing north towards Clyde Estuary, is a cone shaped island on your Port Side. Name it.   (Ailsa Craig)
 
Only Bill got Q3 right. Some others confused between Singapore/9VG and Hong Kong/VPS. Most got the Exxon Valdez.

Net report for Thursday 16 May from Mike Carter

Good conditions tonight together with some static and a deliberate op trying to stop our Net.He was ignored and finally gave up!
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD         Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA        Tim fm Hastings
 
M0URL        Peter fm Yateley
 
G3OGP        Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
G0CHV         Mike fm Morecambe
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
EI3ER           Tom fm Galway
 
EI3KO           Mike fm Limerick
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke out of 70’s Joke Book
3 questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO VID bnd JOS where from, where to?                   (Darwin to Nagasaki)
Q2 – What was the most popular name in steel hatch covers?         (Mcgregors)
Q3 – Sailing west past Cape York, Northern Australia, what island unseen, is on your starboard side?    (Papua New Guinea)
 
Some good answers tonight as memories coming back except difference from JOS and JCS!

Net report for Thursday 09 May from Mike Carter

Pretty good conditions tonight except for adjacent channel interference, but nay bother.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4KJD           Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
G0CHV          Mike fm Morecambe
 
G0ELZ           Bill fm Liverpool
 
GW3VVL       Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
EI3ER            Tom fm Galway
 
EI3KO            Mike fm Limerick
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
MW0JWW     John fm Fishguard
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm Union mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent mixed code
Sent Joke out of over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO ASK bnd XYR where from, where to?              (Karachi to Rangoon)
Q2 – What was the average power of your emergency TX?          (Between 50 to 120 watts)
Q3 – If Panama Canal/Gatun Lake dries up as it is doing so now, ships will have to traverse the southern tip of South America for both ways. What passage down south avoids Cape Horn?           (Magellan Straits)
 
Only Ken and John got Q3 which I thought was easy, but there you go.

Net report for Thursday 02 May from Mike Carter

Very good conditions tonight except for thunderstorm QRN in the distance, but nay bother.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G0ELZ            Bill fm Liverpool
 
G4EOA           Tim fm Hastings
 
G4KJD            Ian fm Ashill Somerset
 
G3OGP           Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
GW3VVL         Ken fm Crew Green Wales
 
M0URL            Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
GW0JWW       John fm Fishguard
 
G3GMS           Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
Sent Tintwistle WX
Sent QTC fm union Mag “Telegraph”
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke fm over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO TAH bnd ODR where from, where to?                (Istanbul to Beirut)
Q2 – What year was RMS Lusitania/MFA Torpedoed in Irish Sea?  (1915)
Q3 – You are sailing north up the Baltic. You pass a Swedish Island on your Starboard side unseen. What island is it? (Clue the Capital town is Visby)                        (Gotland)
 
Some very good answers tonight. Memories returning.

Net report for Thursday 18 April from Mike Carter

Conditions very good again tonight, all signals 599 or 599 Plus.
 
On tonight’s Net were the following :-
 
G4EOA          Tim fm Hastings
 
G3GMS         Mike fm Whitley Bay/GCC
 
M0URL          Peter fm Yateley Hants
 
G3OGP         Robin fm Billingshurst Sussex
 
MW0UTT      Colin fm Llanfair
 
PA3KGR        Tiel fm Pijnacker
 
Ei3ER             Tom fm Galway  
 
MW0JWW      John fm Fishguard
 
Sent Tintwistle WX 
Sent QTC fm Union Mag “Telegraph” in Dutch, then another in English diff subject
Sent Navigational Warning
Sent some mixed code
Sent Joke fm over 70’s Joke Book
3 Questions :-
Q1 – You are QTO YUR bdn SUP where from, where to?             (Rijeka Croatia to Port Said)
Q2 – Shaw Saville vessels Southern Cross and Northern Star had what sort of funnel?   ( Twin funnels down aft )
Q3 – Where was the normal and most safe place for a radio room aboard ships?      ( Behind the Bridge top deck)
 
Some good and some not so good answers tonight.

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